LOS ANGELES, CA, September 12, 2005 – Linda A. Newmark has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategic Projects for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), it was announced today by David Renzer, the company’s Chairman and CEO. Most recently, Ms. Newmark served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions for UMPG. In this new role, Ms. Newmark will expand her role overseeing the acquisition of rights in musical compositions and promoting the general business development of the company.

At UMPG, Ms. Newmark has been involved in the acquisition of numerous music publishing catalogues including: Rondor Music International, Inc., Def Jam Music, the country music catalogues of Pat Alger, Millhouse Music and Sheddhouse Music, as well as the catalogues of Jimmy Webb, Grace Jones and Judy Collins. Furthermore, Ms. Newmark has been responsible for signing various writers, including agreements with Heart, The BANGLES, George Thorogood, Stephen Bishop, The Baha Men, producer Bill Bottrell, David Benoit, Russ Freeman (of The Rippingtons) and film composer Mason Daring. She has also been involved in structuring numerous key agreements for UMPG, as well as for The Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company, LLC (which is co-owned by UMPG).

Ms. Newmark will continue to report to David Renzer.

“Linda has contributed to a period of remarkable growth for Universal Music Publishing Group and is a major asset of our senior management team,” stated Renzer. “This promotion recognizes her hard work, creativity and dedication, all of which have helped to make UMPG one of the world’s premier music publishing companies.”

A graduate of Stanford Law School, Ms. Newmark has over 17 years experience in the music industry and joined the company (then PolyGram Music Publishing) in 1992. She serves on the City of Hope Music and Entertainment Industry Executive Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and the Board of Managers of The Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company, LLC. Ms. Newmark is based in Universal Music Publishing Group’s Los Angeles offices.

About Universal Music Publishing Group

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG’s writers and catalogs include: U2, Paul Simon, Prince, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Shania Twain, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, Diana Krall, Ashanti, Godsmack, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Darkness, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Glen Ballard and the catalogues of Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein, among many others. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.